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GeIL Wants to Burn-In all its DIMMs Soon

By - Source: Tom's Hardware | B 3 comments

Burning-in a product isn’t a particularly new idea, and it is actually very common – whether we’re talking about high-performance cars or about PC products. However, there are only few memory makers that actually burn-in their DIMMs before shipping them to the customers. As a result, the early failure rate is at approximately 1.5% of all shipped products according to statements from GeIL. The firm also told us that their memory is at a failure rate of 0.5% within the first three months after purchase.

By implementing such a burn-in process, GeIL went on, the firm expects to lower this value to as little as 0.1% failures and RMA within the first three months after purchase. While this sounds like a lot, we know that large OEMs request even tighter quality control for memory. Anything below 0.05% should be pretty close to reality, as this equals to 0.5 DIMMs out of 1,000.

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GeIL doesn’t expect cost to increase, because it wants to introduce a special memory testing chamber soon, where the firm can burn-in up to 1,000 DIMMs at the same time. As dozens or even hundreds of burn-in test systems together with the operational personnel will likely be obsolete then, GeIL expects to rather lower than increase the cost by this approach. The firm mentioned that – apart from server-class manufacturers – Kingston would be the only competitor to put all of its memory through such a burn-in process. GeIL wants to start this for SO-DIMM products first.

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    humalong , June 3, 2008 3:30 PM
    1% failure seems impressively low to me.

    whats funny is that on etailer sites like newegg, it seems like 80% of the reviews are people complaining about bad parts. then again, 80% of those bad reviews are probably written by people who dont know where to put the RAM. :p 
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    pomaikai , June 3, 2008 3:52 PM
    humalong1% failure seems impressively low to me.whats funny is that on etailer sites like newegg, it seems like 80% of the reviews are people complaining about bad parts. then again, 80% of those bad reviews are probably written by people who dont know where to put the RAM.


    People are more likely to voice there opinion after recieving a faulty product.
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2008 11:49 PM
    1.5% failure rate on dimms is actually alarmingly high. Think about it, that means 3 in 200 dimms will fail within a month. most computers these days are dual channel and use 2 dimms, this means that about 1/3rd of all computers could have a memory failure within 1-2 months of ownership. That's pretty poor PR if you ask me. 0.05% is not a ridiculous request by the manufacturers as most of these errors are detectable using burn-in tests at minimal costs.